2021 Best Tech Startups in Providence

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Providence, Rhode Island. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. WhatsGood


Founded: 2014

Also honored in:

“As a chef, Matt Tortora loved using the best fresh, local ingredients in his dishes. However, he quickly became frustrated that there was no way to easily buy from all his favorite local vendors.

He envisioned a solution, a platform, where buyers could find local, seasonal ingredients and purchase them directly from local farmers and vendors.

So he and Will Araújo gathered a team and in 2014 launched WhatsGood, an online marketplace connecting buyers with local farmers and vendors. The platform has since evolved from the initial idea as a platform just for chefs, but the mission has stayed the same: to connect communities with the people growing their food.”

2. Tugboat


Founded: 2015

“Deployment Previews for every pull request.

Tugboat provides automated, on-demand deploy previews for every git pull request. Tugboat is hosting-agnostic, provides GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket integrations, and enables organizations to create deploy previews for complex, dynamic websites and web apps.

Our clients include web development agencies and Fortune 50 enterprises, and their web apps and websites consist of tech stacks that run on Linux, such as Drupal, WordPress, Ruby, Node.js, and a wide range of popular frameworks.”

3. Sproutel


Founded: 2012

Also honored in:

“Sproutel makes interactive games for children newly diagnosed with a chronic illness.
Our first product, Jerry the Bear, teaches children with type 1 diabetes how to monitor their blood glucose levels, maintain a healthy diet, and recognize their symptoms – all through play! Jerry connects to the web, which allows parents to track learning and provides software updates that keep children engaged.”

4. Artist Republik

Artist Republik

Founded: 2018

“ARTIST REPUBLIK is an innovative, decentralized, music business networking platform that allows independent music artists from around the world to take control of their own careers through networking, centralized resources, and A.I. based management tools.”


Founded: 2016

Also honored in: 2020 Best Tech Startups in Rhode Island

“College Talent, On-Demand

We connect companies with college students (Pangeans) for freelance projects.

Our marketplace allows companies to communicate directly to students, pay via a payment gateway that takes care of 1099s, and rate their performance to promote accountability.”

6. Splitwise


Founded: 2011

Also honored in:

“Splitting bills with friends and family can be stressful or awkward. Splitwise’s free web and mobile apps help roommates, travelers, couples, and friends organize their shared expenses so everyone knows who owes who. Since 2011, millions of people have helped improve their relationships with Splitwise.”

7. Volute


Founded: 2015

“Volute works with leading business schools around the world, repurposing their expansive content into social, community-driven learning experiences that is tied to subscription access. Our platform reengages alumni and executive education participants into a lifelong learning model.”